We were waiting for this moment for a long time and now we're about to close a significant chapter of our life. The following brief story is somehow quite personal, but it's important to share it with you, because your contribution to the success of Top-40 by no means is less than ours! You downloaded our releases, you enjoyed our music, you supported us, you hailed us, you criticized us, you visited our concerts. But you never stayed impartial. You always care. And that makes the whole story true.
Top-40 label was established by Motor in 2002. The same year I bought one of his releases, which impressed me very much ("horse traX" album). In August 2004 we met by accident at the videoart festival in Moscow. In December, Motor launched Urban Soundscape audio-visual experimental festival, and in April 2005 released the first online album at Top-40. Then he invited me to join the team.
We explore the realms of many genres — instrumental and electronic, radical and calming, traditional and experimental — from ultra minimalistic ambient, field recordings, cut-up collages, groovy dub-techno, drones or industrial dance music to crunchy melodic glitch-pop, minimal electronica, rhythm'n'noise free improvisations, experimental tribal, noise, dancehall techno, modern classical, avantgarde, contemporary jazz and so on. In December 2005, Quiet Zone was born, which is now an independent project, dedicated to very minimalistic and quiet meditative music.
Humming rises, tremendous throw-downs... We made our way through it all. And now finally we're standing at the terminal point. Almost four years. Forty releases. More than 28 hours of weird music. It was always about bringing your life with joy. And we believe we succeeded. Eighteen wonderful songs from outstanding artists — old-timers, newcomers and some never-heard-before stuff too. Enjoy, and remember — we can't stop the music!
Attention: Top-40 is not going to be closed! We'll continue to work in 2009, and only the catalog is finished now, not the label itself. Stay with us. We can't stop the music.
01 Alexei Borisov + Jeff Surak: Eto bilo tak
The first recorded collaboration of Alexei Borisov and Jeffrey Surak was published in 2003. Three years later they released a second joint album exclusively on Top-40. Another piece is here — freaky, psychedelic lyrics, glitchy noises, bouncy kitchen percussions.
02 The Libarians: Aiden's Lament
The Libarians is a project of Michael Hartman and his good old friend Sam Bailey (the member of legendary Michigan noise-punk band Snorkel, bass-player and vocalist of The Mel Bay and the founder of Karl Rove project). Melodic moanings, country guitar, glitch after-effect — the mood is sleepy, but the song is VERY addictive.
03 Metro_NM: Arab onq (flt)
Another brilliant experimental ambient piece from our long-time partner in crime Metro_NM. New style, the same depth of perception and power of insight. You know what I'm talking about.
04 Daniel Maze: National Rifle Association
Sometimes you shoot the technology, and sometimes, you know... The technology shoots you. But Daniel Maze is taking the alternative path — he just steps back and let the music play. And we like it so much. Warm, melodic, textured clicky pulsating ambient.
05 DJ Nikto: Night city
DJ Nikto is a pseudonym of Artur, who stays behind ROZA project («Glitch ov Batumi»). He sent us a whole bunch of nicest tracks — it was so hard to decide which one to pick for this project. Soon we'll share more of his amazing music with you — real smashing hits!
06 Alexei Borisov: Mix One
A solo output of doughty warrior and veteran experimentalist Alexei Borisov. He brings some noise and hallucinogenic beats in the house! Wake up and listen.
07 Michael Hartman: Emi Warren Express
Emi Warren Express was created by our good friend Michael Hartman. Field recordings of Japanese railway mutate to the paranoid noise-drone loud breakout. For this compilation, Michael also offered us another brilliant track «Wednesday», which is now released for free at his own powerful label Kuro Neko Music — check it out!
08 Dave Zeal: Dear Motorist (Part 1 & 2)
Another electronic magician Dave Zeal. His trademark style is smooth and stylish melodic ambient-techno. In 2006 he released the full-length album «Pieces of the Broken Road» at Top-40 — here's another «broken piece» in two parts for you.
09 Zhivye Ludi: Vesna
Vesna means «spring» in Russian language. Zhivye Ludi (Living People) is a recent project of genuine modern jazz pianist and composer Natalia Skvortsova (her Summer Time project was an absolute hit maker for Top-40). Relaxing, airy, melodic jazz. The band features Natalia on piano with Anton Konchakov (clarinet, bass-clarinet), Peter Talalai (drums), Mark Gaidar (contrabass) and Michail Volokh (trumpet).
10 F.S.B.: Digital sleeping pills
A mysterious F.S.B. project features some granular synthesis meditative experimental ambient for your paradoxial fast sleep... Don't be afraid, they will watch for you, while you're watching your dreams.
11 AkkordIon: Revenge of Mongolian Salsa Dancers
Our answer to «Air Drums from Outer Mongolia»! AkkordIon is a duo from Ukraine/Kazakhstan, noticeable for the unique musical style — abstract and dance electronica with accordion. Now they go much further in their experiments, and we offer you this atmospheric sentimental groovy laid-back intelligent dance music from them.
12 TV Pow: Somewhere in Ohio
TV Pow (Michael Hartman, Brent Gutzeit and Todd Carter) is an experimental underground electronic band from USA — since 1997, they're pretty active on the international musical scene. Check this vibro crunchy abstract noise piece. It was recorded live (as the title suggest, somewhere in Ohio) and edited at Michael's home studio. Quite paranoid, but very nice though.
13 Aleksey Petin: Extract from album
His musical style is absolutely special and very cognizable — pretty wild and brutal tribalism, analogue synthy wah-wah's, clicky rhythms and deep, visionary surreal atmospheres. Aleksey's latest album «Kontakt» was a double piece, featuring more than 2 hours of mind-blowing electronica, but a lot of materials were still not included. Here's the extraction.
14 Airsickness Band: Guns for a shot, cars for a blow
A chill-out cinematic subproject of our buddy DJ End User License Agreement (EULA). «It was a real pain in the ass for me to think up the name for the new project! And than everything was ready, I checked it on the Google. Damn, some bastards already used the idea in 1984 for their Disposable Air Sickness Band group... I HATE it». Not much to tell about the... hmm... music itself. Check it out.
15 Fitz Ellarald: sz
Fitz Ellarald is the project of Russian ambientologist and capricious composer Vlad Dobrovolski. He is not very active in releasing new music nowadays, but his archives includes many hours of fantastic pieces! Let us share with you some of his glitchy lo-fi tape manipulated melodic drones. Or dronez? Buzzes. Buzzez. Zzzzzzzzzz.
16 Svart1: Das Ende
Svart1 aka Raimondo Gaviano from Sardinia nowadays is already quite well known among weird electronica lovers from around the globe. In April 2007, Top-40 was the first label to explore this musician. His debut album «davisibiliaadinvisibilia» was released almost simultaneously at Top-40 (Russia), Bump Foot (Japan) and Ear-XP Records (Netherlands). «Das Ende» is a short noisy industrial march, recorded during live concert.
17 Gultskra Artikler: mlini
Gultskra Artikler is a Russian musician who needs no introduction for sure. This melodic sentimental guitar piece is surprisingly melancholic and calm as compared with his previous more radical, musique concrete output. However, his most recent full-length release («Berezka» split LP with Lanterns) also features quite melodic ambient music with instrumental granules. Well, it's always good to hear fresh sounds from your favorite artists.
18 MWDRGS: breeth_54-f
And finalizing this motley variegated album is a gentle sleepy microwave ambient from MWDRGS. For those who dig it, another huge dose of microwave drugs is available for you at Quiet Zone netlabel.
You may wonder — ok, and what's next? Is it the end of the story? For as long as you need our music, we're not gonna stop. We already have a lot of wonderful material we can't wait to share with you! Upcoming year will bring a new story, new decorations, new surprises and of course tons of new music. Stay with us.